Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Shazam! #11 Review

Who Made Who

Written By: Geoff Johns
Art By: Scott Kolins, Michael Atiyeh, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 26, 2020

It's time to check back in on the Magiclands and see what's going on with our favorite magical family.  In our previous issue, it seemed like the Wizard Shazam was acting mighty odd, especially when he attacked Billy Baton's father, CC and took his power away from him.  If that wasn't enough of a buzzkill, Dr. Sivana and Mr. Mind had made their way into the Monsterlands, where Mr. Mind planned on freeing his imprisoned Monster Society of Evil.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Billy Batson and his brothers and sisters can get to the bottom of what's going on and hopefully figure things out in time to stop the threats that are on their way.  Let's check it out.

For this issue of Shazam! we have an action-packed, thrill ride that throws everything it can at you to unravel the mystery of what's been going on in the background of this series since it started.  The Wizard is acting mighty shady, but there's a possibility he's been in the know the whole time and has seen things that nobody else, including the reader, had any clue of.  Obviously, since you need some magical action in this book, this leads to an all-out fight between our heroes and the man who originally gave them their power, but all of this seems to be just to give our villains time to set their master plan in motion.

Yeah, some of the revelations of this issue feel like they come out of nowhere, especially the parts that deal with Black Adam, but for the most part, this is a fun issue that not only makes the entire Shazam Family question what's going on but makes the reader wonder how they'll ever overcome the might of the worst individuals of the Magiclands that make up Mr. Mind's Monster Society of Evil...... not to mention, Superboy Prime is about to make his presence known to the world and beyond anything else that the villains of Billy Batson can throw at our hero, it's Superboy Prime that will always be the biggest bad of all.

All in all, I thought that the art in this issue alright, especially at the beginning, but I'm not the biggest fan of Scott Kolins' art and by the end of the issue I thought that some of the visuals weren't very clear and had a tough time trying to figure out what the art was depicting.  As for the story, I thought a lot of this was a great time and it felt like it was about time that we came to a head with a lot of the mysteries that surrounded the background of this title and yeah, somethings felt kind of forced or out of place to get us there, but for the most part I was happy with the way things panned out and am extremely excited to see what comes next for the Shazam Family.

Bits and Pieces:

While we definitely get some answers in this issue about what's been going on with the Wizard, Billy's father and Mr. Mind, I wish some of it could have been played off a bit better than thrown at us all at once here, but I can admit that it certainly made for an exciting issue.  The art is okay overall, but as the issue progresses it gets less and less detailed and some of the visuals left me scratching my head.  Overall all though, I had some fun here and can't wait to see what this series brings next.


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